• May 29, 2014 | Status Report, Volume 49, Number 4

    Side airbags reduce rollover deaths

    Side airbags that deploy in rollover crashes reduce deaths of front seat occupants by 41 percent in rollovers, a NHTSA study shows.

  • September 27, 2013 | Status Report, Volume 48, Number 7

    Rollovers of the future will be different

    Electronic stability control, strong roofs and other improvements are rapidly cutting rollover injuries. The ones that remain will look different.

  • May 12, 2011

    First roof strength tests of large pickups

    The Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra are the only large pickups to earn good ratings for roof strength from IIHS. Three other trucks didn’t do as well in the test of rollover protection.

  • April 26, 2011 | Status Report, Volume 46, Number 4

    Ejection rule could change side airbags

    A new federal standard means side airbags will deploy in rollovers as well as side impacts. IIHS supports the rule but has concerns about other changes it requires.

  • December 2, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 12

    Strong roofs protect people in rollovers

    New research from government researchers backs up the Institute’s findings about the importance of roof strength in rollover crashes.

  • November 3, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 11

    NHTSA issues warning on large vans

    Two deadly crashes prompt a government advisory on 15-passenger vans.

  • August 21, 2010 | Status Report, Volume 45, Number 8

    Most new roof strength ratings are good

    Automakers have been improving occupant protection in rollover crashes.

  • November 18, 2009

    27 models win 2010 Top Safety Pick with new criteria

    Nineteen cars and 8 SUVs earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award for 2010. For the first time, good performance in a roof strength test to measure protection in a rollover is required to win.

  • June 11, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 6

    NHTSA announces new roof strength rule

    The government's roof strength standard has gotten a long-overdue upgrade and is even tougher than IIHS expected.

  • March 24, 2009

    New ratings focus on roof strength for rollover protection

    IIHS is launching a new roof strength rating system to help consumers pick vehicles that will help protect them in rollover crashes. Twelve small SUVs are the first to be put to the test. Only four earn the top rating of good.

  • March 24, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 3 | Special Issue: roof strength

    Strong roofs aren't just for SUVs

    New study shows cars, as well as SUVs, benefit from strong roofs, which reduce the risk of injury in rollovers.

  • March 24, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 3 | Special Issue: roof strength

    Tougher rule on roof crush is needed

    The effort to upgrade the federal roof standard has gotten bogged down in politics and indecision.

  • March 24, 2009 | Status Report, Volume 44, Number 3 | Special Issue: roof strength

    Developing dynamic test is a challenge

    A test in which a vehicle is rolled over would be the ideal way to measure protection in rollover crashes, but choosing the ideal set-up is tricky.

  • March 15, 2008 | Status Report, Volume 43, Number 2

    Roof strength is linked to injury risk

    Injury rates in rollover crashes are lower in SUVs with strong roofs, a new Institute study finds.

  • January 28, 2006 | Status Report, Volume 41, Number 1

    Roof strength proposal falls short

    A federal proposal to improve roof strength is a step in the right direction but won't produce big benefits.

  • November 19, 2005 | Status Report, Volume 40, Number 9

    Big vans more likely to roll when full

    Adding more people to SUVs and vans decreases stability, which makes 15-passenger vans especially prone to roll over when they are fully occupied.